Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Legendary De Kuip stadium will be packed when Feyenoord and Atletico Madrid go head to head in the Champions League group stages round 5. The Rotterdammers aim to climb to second place in the standings, but they face a difficult task against los Rojiblancos. Defender Bart Nieuwkoop limped off with injury in a 1-0 loss to Lazio in Rome, with Gernot Trauner likely to step up.
Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, are likely to stick to their attacking style of play and seeing that Feyenoord are capable of finding the net at their De Kuip. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. All Memphis Depay, Thomas Lemar, and Machin Perez are out of contention with injuries, while pacey winger Rodrigo Riquelme should recover in time to face the Eredivisie outfit. As always, Alvaro Morata will lead the line for the La Liga outfit.
Highlighted Player (Antoine Griezmann):
Anthony Griezmann is a French forward born on 21st March 1991 in Macon, and he is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting footballers at the moment. The pacey striker started showing his potential shortly after coming through Real Sociedad’s youth academy and he went on to score 46 goals in 179 league appearances for La Real. Excellent displays in Spanish la Liga saw him become a target for a number of top clubs, but he eventually choose to sign for Atletico Madrid, and that proved to be a very good decision.
Griezmann continued the rich vein of form at Vicente Calderon, scoring some important goals as los Colchoneros enjoyed domestic and European success, while also becoming a key member of the France national team.
Playing as a winger or second striker, Griezmann possesses impressive technical skills, he is a strong finisher and still finds time to work hard for his side, so no wonder he is widely regarded as one of the leading forwards on the continent. He won the U19 European Championship with France and is tipped to lead Les Bleus to glory on senior level as well.
Highlighted Team (Feyenoord):
Back in 1908 football club Wilhemina was founded in the pub De Vereeniging and they played their home games in blue-sleeved red shirts and white shorts. The club’s name was changed to Hillesluise in 1909 and soon they became RVV Celeritas.
Finally, in 1912 the club got a name SC Feijenoord. Feyenoord won their first Eredivisie trophy in 1924 and 75 years later they clinched their 14th domestic trophy, finishing the season 15 points clear of second-placed Willem II. De Trots van Zuid play their home games at De Kuip and the capacity of the venue is 51 117.
The club’s fiercest rivals are Ajax and the two teams face each other in der Klassieker. The likes of Craig Bellamy, Gerrard Fox, Wouter Bos and Raemon Sluiter are notable supporters of the club. It is well known that football legends Johan Cruyff, Ruud Gullit and Peter Houtman all played for Feyenoord in the past. De Trots van Zuid play their home games in red-white shirts and black shorts.